Vishtèn at Mendelssohn June 30

Staff Report

The Charlotte’s Web Division of Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center presents the Acadian Folk Trio Vishtèn at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 30, at Mendelssohn Hall, 406 N. Main St., Rockford. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

For the past decade, Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn have acted as Francophone musical ambassadors throughout the world. The Canadian trio has dazzled audiences with their fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility of rock influence.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area and from the most remote reaches of Quebec — the windswept Magdalen Islands — twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature combining tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion, virtuoso acoustic and electric instrumentation to create an expansive sound that would be difficult to reproduce, in sheer complexity, by a quintet. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, harmonium, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp, moog, electric guitar and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force of traditional and contemporary sounds.

After touring extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is now synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. In addition to releasing four albums and performing at thousands of international festivals — from the Vancouver Olympics to France’s Interceltique de Lorient — their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) and the Japanese film, Finding Anne.

Since the band formed more than 10 years ago, Vishtèn has become the most exciting folk band on the international music scene. During this period, they have released four albums, won numerous awards and have given more than 1,000 performances in more than a dozen countries throughout Europe, Australia and North America. From the Vancouver Winter Olympics to the Newport Folk Festival to Les Printemps de Pérouges in France to Festival International Louisiana to Woodbury Folk Festival in Australia only names a few of the places that Vishtèn has won over crowds, often in the tens of thousands.

The band continues to reinterpret the music of their parents for a worldwide audience of all ages. It certainly must stem from a deep respect for and love of the sounds and rhythms forged by the musicians who have come before, inspiring them to create anew and carry this music into the future. Vishtèn has evolved into a group that will leave its own legacy and inspire musicians for generations to come.

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From the June 26-July 2, 2013, issue

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